News - 31st August 2022
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parkwalk is returning!

Five volunteers, including a run director are stood next to each other, each with one leg up in the same direction. They are all smiling in the sunshine.

We are excited to announce that our successful parkwalk initiative will be returning in September and October 2022!

 

These last two years have been challenging in many ways and many of us have become more isolated and less active.  Now, more than ever we want to say everyone is welcome at parkrun, and people can take part in whatever way suits them – as walkers, joggers, runners, volunteers or supporters.

 

The parkwalk campaign is a great way of either re-engaging or encouraging even more new people to join in on the fun.

 

Those of you who already participate at parkrun have a massive role in this campaign. You all have colleagues, friends and relatives that could benefit from connecting and getting active. You are our ambassadors – encourage these people to come along!

 

At parkrun, you can choose to walk all of the course, or even combine this with a jog if that feels right for you. You could bring a friend or family member or come on your own. Many events allow dogs, and if you prefer to use walking poles, you can use them too.

 

As part of the parkwalk initiative, volunteer walk leaders will be on hand to meet new participants. They can be found at the start, close to the special parkwalk banner, and can answer any questions you might have as well as providing a huge dose of support and encouragement during the event itself.

 

There will also be a volunteer tail walker who is the person who finishes last. Remember that there is never a cut off time at parkrun, so you can take as long as you like.

 

If you don’t feel ready to walk at parkrun yet, why not come along and volunteer? Get to know us while you cheer others on! There is also the parkrun Strive for Five program, which you can do alone or with others.

 

There are a wide range of roles that suit all abilities, and no experience is required. Volunteering gets you outside, in the fresh air and helps you connect with others and be part of something really special. Please email your local event team via the contact details on the event webpage to express your interest in volunteering, or just turn up and speak to the run director on the day.

 

If you’d like to join in on parkwalk, please see your local event Facebook page and check that they are participating in the parkwalk initiative. You can take part whenever you like, but please remember to register for parkrun and get your personal barcode beforehand.

 

If you have further questions then please email the event team via the contact details on the website or contact us at support@parkrun.com.

 

We look forward to welcoming you to volunteer or parkwalk at parkrun!

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